Brittney Griner's Russian Legal Team Issues Statement: Fans React

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Brittany Griner's legal team agreed that the best course of action was for Griner to take "full accountability" for her actions in Russia.

Griner, who has been in Russian custody since February,

was convicted this week after Moscow airport officials found a banned substance in her luggage.

"I want to plead guilty, your honor. But there was no pun intended.

I didn't want to break the law," Griner told the judge in English, which was translated into Russian for the court via ESPN.com. ,

He made the decision after consulting his legal team in Russia.

His legal team issued a statement on Thursday night explaining his decision.

Today, BG confessed to his crime," the statement said.

"It was his decision that was communicated by discussing it with his legal defense team in Russia.

"Britney set an example of being brave. She decided to take full responsibility for her actions because she knows she is a role model for many."

Find the full statement below.

Griner's decision has enough arguments to support it.

The WNBA star is hoping that by admitting her mistake and begging for mercy, she can reduce her penalty.

"He admitted the crime because they were about to charge anyway. It's a strategy to reduce the fine," said one fan.

"Bring her home," commented another fan.

Hopefully Griner can come home soon.

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